TOP FINDS AT THE GRAND BAZAAR

Grand shopping at Istanbul's Bazaar...

"With more than 58 streets, over 1,200 shops and between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily, it's a bustling, well-known city attraction for tourists seeking jewelry, pottery, spice, carpet shops, and a good laugh."
ISTANBUL'S GRAND BAZAAR
27 – Feb – 2012

We caught up with Tuncel Toprak, owner and manager of the Witt Istanbul, to discuss what is on everybody's mind when the city of Istanbul is mentioned — The Grand Bazaar...

“The Grand Bazaar is tricky in a way, it is both full of touristy souvenirs and great finds,” says Toprak. “The trick is finding a reliable, trustworthy shop. My recommendations are Dervish, Abdulla and the Erdun Collection.

The next time you are in Istanbul, look out for the following for unique gifts:

1. Natural soap: “Especially daphne soap, which is said to be good for hair loss.” (Dervish and Abdulla)

2. Hamam towels: “They are handmade and purely cotton. I use them personally at home. They may look thin, but they are good for soaking.” (Dervish and Abdulla)

3. Lokum candies: “These are a Turkish tradition, we buy them during holidays.”

4. Carpets: “There are lots of carpet shops, but finding a reliable seller is the most important thing. It is better to ask a local for advice.”

5. Handmade copperware
(Erdun Collection)

6. Handmade blankets
(Abdulla)

7. Lanterns: “Erdun has the best ones. I have them at home and at the hotel. They are so beautiful with candles in them.”
(Erdun Collection)

Author

CHARLY WILDER

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ISTANBUL | WITT | SHOPPING

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